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2011 Movie Preview

From Johnny Depp's Capt. Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" to Ryan Reynolds as the "Green Lantern" to more "Twilight" and "Harry Potter," the year's slate of movies are filled with sequels, comic-book superheroes, magic, the supernatural and so much more.

Check out what you can look forward to in the theaters 2011!

2011 Movie Preview

'I Am Number Four' (Feb. 18)

Who: Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron, Timothy Olyphant; directed by D.J. Caruso What: John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed — he is No. 4.

'Rango' (March 4)

Who: Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin; directed by Gore Verbinski What: In this quirky animated tale, a chameleon (Depp) aspires to be a cowboy hero when he finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits.

'Sucker Punch' (March 25)

Who: Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens; directed by Zack Synder What: From the wildly creative director "300" and "Watchmen" comes a story about a young girl (Browning) forced into a looney bin by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility.

'Arthur' (April 8)

Who: Russell Brand, Jennifer Garner, Helen Mirren, Nick Nolte; directed Jason Winer What: As a remake of the 1980 comedy classic starring Dudley Moore, Brand now takes on the role of a drunken rich playboy, who stands to lose a wealthy inheritance when he falls for a woman his family doesn't like. Mirren plays Arthur's loyal servant, Hobson.

'Scream 4' (April 15)

Who: David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Neve Campbell, Hayden Panettiere; directed by Wes Craven What: Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott (Campbell) — who has gotten her life back on track, thanks in part to her writing — is visited by the Ghostface Killer. Again. Doesn't he ever get tired of her?

'Thor' (May 6)

Who: Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard; directed by Kenneth Branagh What: "Thor," the latest Marvel comic book adaptation follows the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor (Hemsworth), who is stripped of his superpowers and cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard to live on Earth. Once there, he warms up to his new environs and soon becomes the humans' defender when angry gods come calling.

'Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides' (May 20)

Who: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane; directed by Rob Marshall What: Capt. Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive Fountain of Youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it, too.

'Hangover Part II' (May 26)

Who: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, ZZach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha, Liam Neeson; directed by Todd Phillips What: Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to Bangkok for Stu's wedding. And in what manner of mayhem will they find themselves in this time?

'X-Men: First Class' (June 3)

Who: James McAvoy, January Jones, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence; directed by Matthew Vaughn What: Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr were archenemies and took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.

'Green Lantern' (June 17)

Who: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong; directed by Martin Campbell What: A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers — and membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

'Cars 2' (June 24)

Who: Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Michael Keaton, Jason Isaacs, Bonnie Hunt; directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis What: Racing star Lightning McQueen (Wilson) teams up with his best friend Mater for an international adventure as they go up against the world's fastest cars.

'Transformers: Dark of the Moon' (July 1)

Who: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Hugo Weaving, John Malkovich, Patrick Dempsey; directed by Michael Bay What: The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and learn its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers' final battle.

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II' (July 15)

Who: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes; directed by David Yates What: The end begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemorts final Horcruxes, but when Voldemort finds out about their mission, the biggest battle begins and life as they know it will never be the same again.

'Captain America: The First Avenger' (July 22)

Who: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell; directed by Joe Johnston What: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals.

'Cowboys & Aliens' (July 29)

Who: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde; directed by Jon Favreau What: It's 1873 and roughneck cowboys rule the Wild West. But when a spaceship arrives to take over the Earth, a small posse must band together to defeat the aliens. Oh yeah, this is gonna be goood.

'Moneyball' (Sept. 23)

Who: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman; directed by Bennett Miller What: Based on the bestselling book of the same name, the story revolves around Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane (Pitt) who successfully put together a baseball club on a budget in 1998 by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I' (Nov. 18)

Who: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner; directed by Bill Condon What: The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven.

'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' (Dec. 16)

Who: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Paula Patton; directed by Brad Bird What: Cruise reprises his role as Special Agent Ethan Hunt for a fourth time — and looks to be breaking in a newbie, played by Renner.

'Sherlock Holmes 2' (Dec. 16)

Who: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace; directed by Guy Ritchie What: Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.

'A Girl with a Dragon Tattoo' (Dec. 21)

Who: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard, Robin Wright; directed by David Fincher What: This U.S. remake of the popular Swedish film (which, in turn, is an adaptation of the bestselling novel) centers on a journalist (Craig) who is searching for a woman who has been missing — or dead — for 40 years. Along the way, he meets and joins forces with a troubled young female hacker (Mara).

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